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Two sis­ters died on Wed­nes­day when a quarry caved in at Chep­kon­gony vil­lage, Bureti sub­county. An­other sis­ter es­caped un­hurt.

Mercy Chep­too, 18, a form one stu­dent at Ge­tar­wet Sec­ondary School, and Lin­ner Chep­ku­rui, a stan­dard two pupil at Ge­tar­wet Pri­mary School, were dig­ging out white clay to dec­o­rate their house ahead of Christ­mas. The white clay is used by the Kip­sigis com­mu­nity to beau­tify mud-walled houses, es­pe­cially dur­ing fes­tiv­i­ties. The girls were us­ing jem­bes to dig up the clay.

Bureti sub­county po­lice boss Ali Ab­dul­lahi said the girl who es­caped un­hurt raised the alarm when she re­alised the quarry was cav­ing in.

He said it took res­i­dents and po­lice four hours to re­move the two girls from the soil and clay

“Af­ter po­lice and the pub­lic res­cued the two from the cave-in, they were rushed to Litein Mis­sion Hospi­tal, but were pro­nounced dead on ar­rival,” Ab­dul­lahi said.

The bod­ies were taken to Kap­katet Level 4 Hospi­tal mor­tu­ary.

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